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Open Your Eyes (1997)

Abre los ojos (original title)
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A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... César
... Sofía
... Antonio
... Pelayo
... Nuria
... Duvernois
Jorge de Juan ... Encargado L.E.
Miguel Palenzuela ... Commisario
... Médico Jefe
Ion Gabella ... Recluso paranoico
Joserra Cadiñanos ... Guardia
... Camarero
Pepe Navarro ... Presentador T.V.
Jaro ... Médico 1
Walter Prieto ... Médico 2
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A once handsome playboy, César finds himself in a mental facility and he can't remember why. All he can remember is meeting the love of his life for one day, and then getting into a car accident which left his face horribly disfigured. But the pain of becoming physically undesirable may help him to find the truth. Written by Mark Barrancos

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Rated R for some strong sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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As César runs on an "empty" street at the beginning of the film, three people can be seen. One, a man in a blue shirt, standing in the bottom right corner of the frame, and two other people on a balcony above him. See more »

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Pelayo: Did you screw her?
César: Screw who?
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Tremble Goes the Night
Composed by Chris Eckman
Performed by The Walkabouts
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Attention: do NOT watch Vanilla Sky before watching this first!
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Sadly due to the lack of availability of 'Open Your Eyes' in Australia (until now) I saw Cameron Crowe's 'Vanilla Sky' first. Too bad. 'Open Your Eyes' is the original and best version, and would have impressed me even more if the surprises in the plot hadn't been ruined for me by the remake. So I strongly urge you to watch this movie first for maximum impact. It's a real killer, and especially recommended if you are a fan of mind-blowing movies such as Frankenheimer's underrated 'Seconds', Cronenberg's brilliant 'Videodrome' and 'eXistenZ'), or have read a Philip K.Dick novel or two.

Eduardo Noriega (star of Amenabar's previous movie, the taut, suspenseful 'Tesis', also worth a look) is much more believable than Tom Cruise as the increasingly baffled protagonist caught in a never-ending nightmare, and Penelope Cruz's performance here is subtler and more appealing than her reprise of Sofia in Crowe's overblown and self-indulgent remake. Alejandro Amenabar has made three excellent imaginative thrillers in a row, and looks like being one of the most potentially exciting directors currently working. 'Open Your Eyes' comes with my highest recommendation. This one is essential viewing.


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